At this time we are living, most of us are not able to attend church. We meet each Sunday online, which has sweetly ministered to our hearts and minds, filling us with encouragement.
If you are like me, this time is making you realize how wonderful it will be to gather once again. This is the joy we find expressed in Psalm 122:
“I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord. And now here we are, standing inside your gates, O Jerusalem.” (Psalm 122:1-2, NLT)
They understood it was there that their souls would be satisfied and their spirits lifted in the midst of all that was occurring in their everyday lives.
They treasured their time together, time in which they would worship corporately and hear God’s Word.
What are the lessons we can glean from these early sojourners in Psalm 122:
- Take every opportunity. “Let us go into the house of the Lord” (verse 1). This was a trek to Jerusalem, but it was a journey they knew was worth their effort. We cannot let the lure of a leisure Sunday in rob us of gathering together. May we not forget this time of isolated worship but instead, may it fuel our desire to be present with other worshipers every week.
- Pray for those in authority. “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (verse 6). Jerusalem was the place for corporate worship and the seat of their government. Our most important civic duty is to pray for those in leadership in our countries, regardless of whether we agree with them or not.
- Pray for one another. “I will say now, “Peace be within you” (verse 8). Why? For the sake of our family and friends. For the good of others. We belong to one another, need one another, and must help one another.
“How lovely is the sanctuary in the eyes of those who are truly sanctified.”
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